15 Jan 2013
I can't believe I didn't notice this when I was going over this weekend's DVOA ratings yesterday. Remember how the Patriots' single-game DVOA against Houston was surprisingly high? Well, it turns out it wasn't just very high. It was "top ten of all-time high," at least on the offensive side of the ball. Eighth, to be exact. The Patriots had a lot of mid-range gains rather than depending on a couple of big plays, plus they had very few plays that lost yardage and no turnovers. They did this against the defense that ranked No. 3 in DVOA this season.
Here's a list of the best offensive DVOA games since 1991:
|Top 10 Games of Offensive DVOA, 1991-2012|
|Rank||Year||Team||DVOA||Week||vs.||Score|| Opp DVOA
You'll find a box score for the top game here. This was when Drew Brees was still in San Diego. Brees was 19-for-22, while LaDainian Tomlinson had 192 yards and three touchdowns on just 21 carries. He also threw for a touchdown on a halfback option.
Third is the Arizona-Green Bay Wild Card shootout from three years ago. Fourth is the game at the end of the 1991 season where the 49ers had missed the playoffs despite being 9-6 and essentially took out their frustration on the Bears.
The game ranked ninth may be the most interesting because the Colts only scored 27 points. This is the Monday night game from a couple years ago where the Dolphins dominated time of possession 45:07 to 14:53 but lost anyway because the Colts scored so quickly every time they got the ball, while the Dolphins were grinding away with the Wildcat.
37 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2013, 1:04pm by JDB
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?